African American Studies

Requirements

  • Major and Minor in African American Studies

    The Major in African American Studies was introduced and the Minor in African American Studies was redesigned in 2016.  All students must follow this set of requirements if they matriculated in the fall semester of 2016 or thereafter (see left navigation bar for requirements before Fall 2016). The Major in African American Studies requires at least nine credits, while the Minor in African American Studies requires at least six credits. The Major in African American Studies requires at least nine credits, while the Minor requires at least six credits.

    Requirements for the Major:

    1. One required introductory course:

    • Afam 110: Introduction to African American Studies

    2. Two required literature courses:

    • Afam 216: African American Literature I
    • Afam 217: African American Literature II

    3. One required history course:

    • Afam 254: African American History to 1865 or
    • Afam [number to be determined]: African American History 1865-present

    4. One required philosophy course:

    • Afam 258: Spike Lee and Black Aesthetics or
    • Afam 271: African American Philosophy or
    • Afam 330: History and Philosophy of Slavery

    5. At least three electives from the following list with one at 300-level or above.  Additional courses listed above can be taken to count as electives and are listed below, but may not double count as both electives and required courses under the history or philosophy sections above:

    • Afam 205: Psychology of Prejudice
    • Afam 218: Blues Women in African American Literature
    • Afam 221: Cultures of Modern Africa
    • Afam 223: African American Environmental Culture from Slavery to Environmental Justice
    • Hist 226: American Civil War
    • Afam 227: History of Jazz
    • Afam 237: African American Religions
    • Afam 238: Hip-Hop, Race, & Culture
    • Afam 241: African American Drama and Theater
    • Afam 250: Dialogue: Race, Ethnicity, Religion
    • Afam 254: African American History to 1865
    • Afam [number to be determined]: African American History 1865-present
    • Afam 258: Spike Lee and Black Aesthetics
    • Pols 270: Race and Criminal Justice
    • Afam 271: African American Philosophy
    • Comm 283: Race, Class, Gender, and the Media
    • Educ 310: Equity and Social Justice in Education
    • Afam 312: Black Metropolis
    • Afam 325: Black Literature of the 60s
    • Afam 328: Diasporan Writings
    • Afam 330: History and Philosophy of Slavery
    • Afam 361: Civil Rights Movement
    • Pols 363: The Fourteenth Amendment: Civil Rights and Equality

    A maximum of two credits may be earned through tutorials, research projects, creative projects or internships.

    6. Senior Studies requirement

    • Senior Seminar

    Requirements for the Minor:

    1. One required introductory course:

    • Afam 110: Introduction to African American Studies

    2. One required literature course:

    • Afam 216: African American Literature I or
    • Afam 217: African American Literature II

    3. One required history course:

    • Afam 254: African American History to 1865 or
    • Afam [number to be determined]: African American History 1865-present

    4. One required philosophy course:

    • Afam 258: Spike Lee and Black Aesthetics or
    • Afam 271: African American Philosophy or
    • Afam 330: History and Philosophy of Slavery

    Two Elective Courses:

    At least two electives from the following list with one at 300-level or above.  Additional courses listed above can be taken to count as electives and are listed below, but may not double count as both electives and required courses under the literature, history or philosophy sections above:

    • Afam 205: Psychology of Prejudice
    • Afam 216: African American Literature I
    • Afam 217: African American Literature II
    • Afam 218: Blues Women in African American Literature
    • Afam 221: Cultures of Modern Africa
    • Afam 223: African American Environmental Culture from Slavery to Environmental Justice
    • Hist 226: American Civil War
    • Afam 227: History of Jazz
    • Afam 237: African American Religions
    • Afam 238: Hip-Hop, Race, & Culture
    • Afam 241: African American Drama and Theater
    • Afam 250: Dialogue: Race, Ethnicity, Religion
    • Afam 254: African American History to 1865
    • Afam [number to be determined]: African American History 1865-present
    • Afam 258: Spike Lee and Black Aesthetics
    • Pols 270: Race and Criminal Justice
    • Afam 271: African American Philosophy
    • Comm 283: Race, Class, Gender, and the Media
    • Educ 310: Equity and Social Justice in Education
    • Afam 312: Black Metropolis
    • Afam 325: Black Literature of the 60s
    • Afam 328: Diasporan Writings
    • Afam 330: History and Philosophy of Slavery
    • Afam 361: Civil Rights Movement
    • Pols 363: The Fourteenth Amendment: Civil Rights and Equality

    A maximum of one credit may be earned through tutorials, research projects, creative projects or internships.